Renowned thought leader and experienced executive, Dr William F Owen, Jr, MD, FACP, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sidra Medical and Research Center, a groundbreaking medical, research and education institution that focuses on the health and wellbeing of women and children in Doha, Qatar. Dr Owen’s most recent executive role was President of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), America’s largest, publicly funded academic health system with a budget of $1.7 billion, 16,000 staff members, 2,600 faculty and 6,000 students.
As the most senior executive at Sidra, he will be responsible for the strategic direction of all clinical and operational services of the Sidra Medical and Research Center and lead Sidra to deliver the highest standard of patient care. In line with Sidra’s values, Dr Owen will promote a culture of inclusiveness and empowerment that enables innovation and excellence in the three pillars of Sidra’s mission: integrated patient care, biomedical research and education. He will develop strategic alliances with key internal and external partners and promote the reputation and standing of Sidra locally, regionally and internationally.
Reporting directly to the Board of Governors at Sidra, Dr Owen’s first responsibility will be planning, commissioning and launching the state-of-the-art Sidra facility in line with its vision and targets. Sidra also announced the appointment of the Chief Medical Officer recently and Dr Owen will be responsible for further recruitment and leadership of the Executive Team at Sidra.
“William F Owen, Jr. is an outstanding choice to launch and lead Sidra Medial and Research Center at this exciting and transformative time,” said Dr Mohamad Fathy Saoud, Vice Chairman of the Sidra Medical and Research Center and President of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. “His knowledge of academic medical centers, record of success in developing patient-centered clinical environments and commitment to innovation in all aspects of healthcare will be a tremendous asset as we launch Sidra.
“Dr Owen is a distinguished leader who recognizes Sidra’s tremendous potential to benefit patients in the Gulf region and around the world. We are thrilled that Dr Owen will lead the Sidra Medical and Research Center team.”